I want to be a flight attendant. Where do I start?
Getting started is as
simple as meeting the basic requirements like minimum age, height, vision,
citizenship and customer service experience.
After that, all you
must do is select the airlines you are interested in working for and
apply. Check our
Airline Directory for direct links to each airline's hiring page. Many
airlines accept applications and resumes online, while others will require
that you attend an open interview session in a scheduled location.
have interviewed and been selected, you will be trained by the airline in
a specialized training program that is not available to anyone but
selected applicants and cannot be obtained anywhere but the airline you
are hired with. Once you successfully complete your airline's training
program, you will graduate and begin your career as a Flight Attendant.
Will I have to
hired flight attendants will be assigned to a base after graduating from
training. You will be expected to report for duty from that base, but may
live wherever you choose as long as you can commute . Many flight
attendants commute to their base city.
What are the requirement to be a flight attendant?
airline is slightly different but the common requirements are those for
vision, height, weight, background check and medical exam. For
details on this, please see Requirements.
I am over 50. Am I too old to be hired as a flight
never too old to begin a flight attendant career. Airlines welcome all
applicants and the vast and varied life experience they are able to bring
to the job.
Am I too young to apply for a flight attendant job?
airlines have a minimum age requirement, usually between the ages of 18
and 21 years old. The requirement depends on the airline. Once you meet
the age requirement along with the other basic requirements, you can
simply begin applying. Airlines seek applicants of all ages in order to
ensure a diversified work force.
Is it necessary to be
speak another language to be hired as a flight attendant?
airlines give each applicant the same consideration; however some of the
major airlines do need to seek applicants that speak a second or third
language due to the nationalities of their passengers. If you
know a second language, even if you are not fluent in it, you should still
mention it on your resume. It might put you ahead of another
Is my work experience
good enough to get a flight attendant job?
welcome all types of previous work experience; however they prefer to hire
someone who has a background in customer service. Simply put, they
want someone who enjoys favorable interactions with passengers, offers
exceptional safety and service and who has a positive and outgoing
What is the schedule of
a flight attendant like?
flight attendants work about 13-15 days a month. You will normally work a
three day sequence, immediately followed by three or more days off. Many
flight attendants their time off by having second businesses such as
selling a line of cosmetics.
airlines have a monthly guarantee which ranges between 65-85 flight hours.
The Flight attendant is paid the guarantee whether or not he or she
actually works those hours.
Are flight attendants
ever allowed to work overtime?
flight attendants pick up extra flying in order to earn additional income.
Does the airline pay
for the hotel accommodations on layovers?
airline pays for a hotel room for each crewmember as well as arranging
paid transportation to and from the hotel.
What kind of salary do
flight attendants make?
attendant income varies from airline to airline. The pay ranges from about
US$14 to $40 per flight hour or more. Most new hire flight
attendants will earn between US$16,000 to 23,000 and may eventually earn
up to US$75,000 per year. Actual pay per hour is dependent upon years of
service and any special qualifications that the flight attendant may have.
Flight attendants also receive a special per diem for each hour spent away
from home. This per diem is in place to cover meals and other expenses.
With each year of service comes an increase in salary.
In the United
States, Southwest Airlines is rumoured to pay the highest of the big
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Canada flight attendants that have less than four years experience will
receive annual compensation of approximately CAD$31,000 - $33,400
excluding health and pension benefits.